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Upcoming Activities or Events

Here find details of the upcoming shooting activities and related events at NOSA, the family-friendly Thunder Bay rifle and pistol shooting club.

There will be more club shoots or activities announced here during the year as arrangements are finalized, so check this page periodically for updates.

NOSA Outdoor Shooting at Nolalu Range -- 02 May Through 31 Oct 2019

Starting 02 May this year, the Nolalu Range is normally available to all members between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. on four days of the week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) during these months.

During many of these NOSA hours you might be shooting alone. But there are certain periods when you are more likely to enjoy the shooting company of your fellows. Typically there are more folks present during the day on Sundays, or during the evening on Fridays. Save some gas and car pool out there with fellow members.

Friday Night Irregulars. The Friday evening group is an informal gathering of NOSA members who (weather permitting) gather sometime after 5 p.m. to do show-and-tell with interesting hardware as well as to shoot for fun and brew coffee/tea and bring snacks. New NOSA members who are not yet familiar with the range layout and safety procedures at Nolalu are welcome to turn up and be given a briefing and walk-through, as well as an opportunity to shoot with them.

Safety Note: Remember that only the 25 metre pistol range is approved for handguns.

Kakabeka Falls Gun Show -- Saturday, 24 August 2019

Gun Show Visitors

This annual one day event will be held by NOSA. A kitchen will be run by Legion staff. Details follow:

Location: Kakabeka Falls Legion on Highway 11/17 a couple of minutes East of that town, or 20 minutes West of Thunder Bay.

Show Hours for the Public: 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 24 August.

Admission: $4.00, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

Timings for NOSA Volunteers and Dealers:
4:00 p.m. Friday 23 August - NOSA Volunteers start setting up;
5:00 p.m. Friday 23 August - Dealers arrive and start setting up;
7:00 a.m. Saturday 24 August - Dealers'/Volunteers' Breakfast and final setting up;
4:00 p.m. Saturday 24 August - NOSA Volunteers help Dealers pack up.

NOSA Volunteers: A sign-up list for volunteers will be posted at GMK Armouries approximately one week in advance of the show; alternatively they can telephone Glenn H. at (807)473-4775.

NOSA will have an information display at the show about the NOSA Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program.

Administrative Information for Dealers. On-site security will be provided overnight on 23 August. There are more than 40 tables available at a cost of $35.00 each. Update: as of 30 July we still have a number of tables left; so get together with a friend and get a table and sell some stuff, and make room at home for new stuff from the show ;-)

NOSA Rules and Regulations for Gun Show Exhibitors and Dealers can be downloaded by clicking here.

NOSA Gun Show Application for this 2019 Show in Kakabeka Falls can be downloaded by clicking here.

Trappers Association Turkey Shoot at Nolalu Shooting Range -- Sunday, 08 Sep 2019

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This Northwestern Fur Trappers Association Shoot will be held on Sunday 08 September at the Nolalu Range from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are always good prizes.

Trapper-John A. may be requesting some assistance from NOSA members.

Members of NOSA (Juniors as well as Adults) and the public are welcome to enter these paper target shooting events for rimfire and centerfire rifles.

Directions to the Nolalu Range are at the bottom of the Range Rules webpage (click Range Rules link in left column here).

Moose (or Deer) Sight-In Session at TB Fish & Game -- Sunday, 22 Sep 2019

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This service for the public will be jointly hosted by NOSA and TB Fish & Game on Sunday 22 September at the F & G Range from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NOSA and F & G members will be available to assist individuals needing help with the actual sighting in process. If volunteers possess a spotting scope or rifle rest for use on the benches, please bring it/them along.

Members of the public who shoot will pay $5.00 for use of the range (this fee is used to cover the cost of insurance).

The F & G Range is at 260 Pento Road. Just follow Dawson Rd (Hwy 102), turn left onto Government Road. Pento Road is the next road on the left past the McIntyre Recreation Center. The range is at the very end of Pento Road.

For a map, see the F & G website at

NOSA Club Appreciation Shoot and BBQ at Nolalu Range -- Sunday, 29 Sep 2019

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This shoot for all NOSA club members, including Junior Shooters and young family members, will begin at 10:00 a.m with shooting events, and there will be a BBQ at lunch time. Food and beverages are provided free by NOSA.

This annual event is in appreciation of the volunteerism and support shown by all members, whether at special events or just in the day to day help provided to others.

Shooting events are free to participate and will include rimfire (RF) and centerfire (CF) handguns and rifles. Black Powder (BP) firearms may also participate in the centerfire events.

Some events are reserved for Junior Shooters and young family members (and for these events, rifles will be provided by NOSA for those Juniors who do not have their own). Juniors are welcome to participate in any other event for which privately they have arranged access under proper supervision to use an appropriate firearm and ammunition (Parents please take note).

Currently Planned Shooting Matches

Adults 25M Centerfire handgun bullseye target (10 rounds)
Adults 25M .22RF handgun bullseye target (10 rounds)
Adults 25M .22RF handgun bingo target (5 rounds)
Adults 25M .22RF rifle bingo target (5 rounds)

Adults 100M .22RF rifle 5-shot group size from bench
Adults 100M Centerfire rifle 3-shot group size from bench

Juniors 25M .22RF rifle bullseye target (10 rounds)
Juniors 25M .22RF rifle bingo target (5 rounds)

Since fall weather can be particularly fickle, be sure to bring along some warm clothing and raingear.

NOSA Gun Show in Thunder Bay -- Saturday and Sunday, 21 & 22 March 2020

Gun Show Visitors

This annual two-day NOSA Spring Gun Show will feature the opportunity for the public to buy, sell, or trade: Guns, Knives, Ammunition, Collectors' Cartridges, Reloading Supplies, Optics, and Accessories. A food concession will also be on site.

Location: The Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 2S7 Canada.

Show Hours for the Public:
            Saturday 21 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
               Sunday 22 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Admission for the Public: $5.00 each day, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

NOSA will have an information display about our Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program. This show provides some of the annual funding for the Juniors.

There will be approximately 80 tables available. More information including show rules, as well as how and when to make table reservations, will be posted here closer to the event. This very early posting is for your convenience, to mark your 2020 calendars well in advance.

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